UFC inks multi-year deal in Singapore

Undefeated prospect Naoki Inoue returns to meet submission specialist Matt Schnell. Photo: Matt Eaton.

UFC has confirmed its return to Asia. The promotion has announced a date for UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Edwards, set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 23 June.

The announcement also signals a multi-year event deal that will see UFC make annual stops in Singapore over the next three years.

No. 11-ranked welterweight Donald Cerrone (33-10, 1NC) will meet rising young British star Leon Edwards (14-3)

On a five-fight winning streak, Edwards will have his sights set on another dominant win, this time against one of the best in the business. A win for Edwards will make a massive statement and continue his rise to the top of the division.

Additional bouts on the Singapore card include the No. 8-ranked knockout-ace Ovince Saint Preux (22-11), who will face rising Australian star Tyson Pedro (7-1) in a light heavyweight showdown.

Japanese striker Shinsho Anzai (10-2) has been lined up to face “The Celtic Kid” Jake Matthews (13-3), while undefeated prospect Naoki Inoue (11-0) returns to meet submission specialist Matt Schnell (11-4) in a flyweight match-up.

Australian fighters will have a big presence on the card with No. 9-ranked women’s flyweight Jessica Rose Clark (8-4) up to face no. 10-ranked Jessica Eye (12-6) fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio. Since signing with the UFC Rose Clark has remained undefeated and will be looking for her third straight win.

As previously announced, Jenel Lausa (7-4) faces Australia’s Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-3), with each athlete hungry for a dominant win.

Chinese striker Yan Xiaonan (8-1) will be looking to score her second consecutive win in the Octagon against strawweight contender Nadia Kassem (5-0).

Speaking of the multi-year deal, UFC Vice President, Asia Pacific Kevin Chang said it was the right time to make the Lion City a regular, annual stop on our live events calendar.

“Singapore is home to Southeast Asia’s biggest and most talked-about events and remains a key market for us,” he said. “We look forward to building on our growth from 2017, as we bring fans in this region even closer to world class MMA.”

In the past 12 months UFC has held events in Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.